We all love a nice, relaxing day on the golf course. Whether you win or lose, a full day of golfing just does something to relax the mind and reset the soul. Unfortunately, mother nature sometimes has a habit of ruining such plans. Often, it can be difficult even to predict when this will happen.
For this reason, it’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella along. You can probably fit it into your golf bag, but you can always store it in the cart until it is needed. One little problem, though…if your umbrella is damaged, you are on your own. That’s why it is so important to choose the right one.
We did find a few complaints, and most of them come down to durability issues. Numerous customers say that the inner spikes can snap easily, making the whole thing useless. To make matters worse, that “lifetime guarantee” has quite a few conditions and may be difficult to use.
This is one of the more expensive umbrellas on our list, though it is also one of the most stylish. This one is sure to turn a few heads at the range with its odd shape. When it comes to UV resistance, this thing really shines. Those who are sensitive to the sun will find this one to be right up their alley. Also, the comfortable handle helps one to keep a good grip for a long time. You don’t have to tighten up very much, reducing the fatigue on your hand. After all, you need that hand to swing your clubs!
As the name implies, this one was built for maximum wind resistance. We have to say that this product does deliver on its key claim. Tests have repeatedly shown that this umbrella can withstand winds as high as 65 MPH before malfunctioning, which is more than you are ever likely to encounter on the golf course. Unless you play in hurricanes, this one should hold up to even the toughest winds due to its venting mechanism.
This is another multi-size product, so it gets some points for offering choices. This one also has the one-press automatic open feature, which is also a nice little plus. This thing is made with a mesh design that is somehow waterproof, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.
This is a great choice for those who need a new car umbrella. The whole things fold up to a very small size which can easily be stashed under a car seat or in a trunk. The automatic open adds another touch of convenience. There is also a vented double canopy, which is always a nice touch. The price is quite reasonable as well.
This umbrella is one of the largest ones we have seen, and it has a deep bell curve to prevent water from blowing in sideways. It’s large enough to fit the whole family underneath and should be able to handle any winds up to 46 MPH. The handle on this thing is almost identical to that of a golf club, making it perfect for the course.
The only problem with that collapsible design is the fact that it creates an extra weak point where the product could fail. Also, the bell of the canopy is quite shallow, which means that it won’t protect you so well from rain that comes down at an angle.
This is another very large umbrella, and this one has a classic “beach bum” look that some golfers will like. The fabric looks to be quite thick and durable but is still vented for easy wind flow. To be honest, the venting isn’t the best but it does the job.
At 60 inches, this umbrella is a good choice for group outings, though we wouldn’t try to fit more than three people underneath. The handle is very comfortable, and the “squishy” feel does a good job of conforming to the hand. Durability seems good, as evidenced by the thick canopy and shaft. All in all, this is a simple and effective model with no gimmicks.
We see a few small flaws with this umbrella, the first of which being that it looks nearly flat on top. This might cause a problem under heavy rain if the water builds up, but the Teflon should help to prevent that. Also, this thing isn’t all that big for a golf umbrella, though it is more than large enough for a single person.
Now that we have taken a look at some great examples, let’s learn a little more about umbrellas. They may seem simple and straightforward, but there is a huge variety here. We will examine all the qualities that are essential in a good golf umbrella.
A good golf umbrella needs to be larger than a normal rain umbrella. While the average rain umbrella is meant to protect the user from water, a golf umbrella must do more. If you get caught out in the rain, that umbrella (and maybe the roof of your golf cart) might very well be the only thing standing between you and the water.
Not only that, but you will probably need to use your umbrella for multiple people. Very few people golf alone and many players are not conscientious enough to bring an umbrella. Thus, you should make sure that your umbrella is at least 50 inches.
The wind is the number one killer of cheap umbrellas. Although most umbrellas do their job, which is keeping the rain off, many are deficient in the area of wind resistance. When you are dealing with rain, there is a good chance that you’re also dealing with high winds, and these have a tendency to turn your umbrella inside-out.
Obviously, it’s a good idea to go with something that has an aerodynamic shape. This will help it to smoothly repel the wind without being blown all over the place or turned inside-out. This is where it can be very helpful to choose an umbrella with a double canopy. The space between the canopies will give the wind somewhere to go, reducing the chance of a critical failure.
A lot of people don’t consider the importance of UV protection. The sun’s harmful rays can have a very unpleasant effect on your skin and eyes, so don’t leave yourself unprotected. This UV light may not seem like a problem, but it can turn into a very serious problem over time.
The reason for this is very simple: Excessive exposure to UV rays increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Also, UV light is not good for your eyes. Not only that, but it can really irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes. Have you ever experienced snow blindness? If so, then you are familiar with the effects of UV light upon the eyes. UltraViolet light is the primary cause of this phenomenon, so don’t underestimate that factor.
Of course, you need something that is nice and durable. If you are going to pay more than 5-10 bucks for your umbrella, it’s very important to make sure that it will stay together in the harshest winds. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where high winds are rare, you can skimp a little bit here.
Umbrellas are made from a wide variety of materials. Your primary rule is to avoid anything made of plastic. Fiberglass or metal are probably the two best options, although both have their potential problems. Metal is stronger (obviously) but it has the problem of potentially bending in high winds. A fiberglass or carbon fiber construction will be more able to flex and come back to straightness.
Aluminum umbrellas aren’t a bad choice, as they offer a high degree of toughness without a lot of weight. However, this lack of weight is both a blessing and a curse. While it makes the umbrella easier to hold and carry, this lightness also makes it less resistant to high winds. A product with a little more weight will be easier to hold in place.
As long as we’re talking about umbrella construction, we should say a few words about the thickness of the fabric. An umbrella with a hole is completely useless, and most of them soon find their way to the trash can. Thus, you should pick something with a thick canopy covering. Also, here’s another good rule of thumb. Whenever you are thinking about buying an umbrella, give the fabric a quick look and feel. Ask yourself the question: “How hard would it be to patch this thing?“
This question is important because all umbrellas will eventually develop holes or tears in the canopy. It’s pretty much inevitable, and when it happens, you have only two options: Throw it away or patch it up. If the latter is easy, then the former will be unnecessary.
Finally, we come to the most overlooked part of an umbrella. The handle may not be the part that protects you from the rain, but it is the link between the user and the product. A handle should be comfortable so that you can hold it over your head for long periods without noticing. The best umbrella is one that does its job so well that you can forget it exists.
Also, most umbrellas have an opening button on the handle, and the location of this is somewhat important. When you need to open or close the umbrella, you don’t want to waste time fiddling with a button that is awkwardly located or poorly designed. The button should be located in such a way that you can engage it from a normal grip without moving your hand too much.
As you have already seen, some models also have an “instant open” feature, whereby the entire canopy opens itself with the press of a single button. These are especially handy for those rainstorms that come out of nowhere. Not only that, but you can look and feel cool when you easily pop your umbrella into place while others fumble around.
Although you might not need to use it all that often, a good golf umbrella can really be a lifesaver. When a surprise downpour hits the course, and you are stuck out there with all your gear, This is a product that can save you a lot of aggravation. After all, smartphones are really expensive these days, and no one can afford to let the rain destroy all the contact info anyway.
We hope that you are now educated enough to choose a golf umbrella that will serve your needs admirably. If so, then we will have succeeded in our purpose here.